Canadiens-Kings: Early Period Goals the Difference in the Habs’ Win

March 7th, 2010 by Rocket All Habs Leave a reply »
Montreal 4, Los Angeles 2 (Staples Center)

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Sometimes your opponent pitches a dud.

It hasn't happened very often this season in games involving the Canadiens, but tonight the Kings were a shadow of the team they have been so far this season.

Kings fans, who hadn't seen their team in person for three weeks, were expecting a better effort for the homecoming. Canadiens' fans who showed up in red at the Staples Center were happy to celebrate loudly throughout the game.

"The Montreal Canadiens are a very desperate hockey club," Murray said. "They're on the bubble, so you've got to recognize that and know that the intensity is going to be high. They showed it in the first shift, and we weren't ready to match it."

Full marks to the Habs, who showed intensity with a strong start by attacking the L.A. net, resulting in their first goal only 22 seconds into the game. The line of Brian Gionta, Scott Gomez, and Benoit Pouliot gave the Canadiens an early lead.

"Anytime you can jump on a team like that early in the game like that, those things kind of set the tone," Gionta said.

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